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Coroner finds firefighter Adib's death caused by assault

SHAH ALAM (Sept 27): The Coroner's Court today established that firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim died after he was assaulted by two or three unidentified people during a riot in the vicinity of a Hindu temple in Subang Jaya last year.

Coroner Rofiah Mohamad, who had led a 41-day inquest to determine the cause of Muhammad Adib’s death, said: “The blunt chest trauma that led to the death of Muhammad Adib was not of his own doing but the impact of the criminal acts by more than two individuals.”

She also said that the testimony of witnesses at the scene, the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in USJ 25, Subang Jaya, also indicated that there had been an assault on someone in the area where about 20 to 30 people had gathered.

Rofiah said the court accepted the testimony of the 29th witness, United Kingdom-based senior consultant forensic pathologist Prof Dr Shahrom Abd Wahid, who said that Muhammad Adib, 24, was beaten and dragged out of a Fire & Rescue Department van.

She also concluded that the failure of the police and the Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) personnel in controlling the riot also contributed to the death of Muhammad Adib.

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